Date/Time Event
Tuesday, 31st May
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Goose Fair Night, by Kathy Pimlott & A Woman in the Queue, by Jo Dixon

Goose Fair Night by Kathy Pimlott

 goose fairGoose Fair Night is a generous, jellied feast of a book, full of sharp-eyed yet tender details about friendship, family and familiarity. Pimlott ranges around the country and through the centuries to offer her warmly incisive take on living and loving in a gorgeous, unstable world. The poems plunge us into the Midlands, bustling central London, seaside scenes, questionable pots of jam, and the captivating worldview of Pimlott’s grandmother Enid. This is a book to make your mouth water and your heart swell.

Kathy Pimlott was born in Nottingham, in the shadow of Player’s cigarette factory, but has spent her adult life in London, the last 35 years in Seven Dials. She has had a rag-bag career in social work, community activism, television and arts development and now works on community-led public realm projects. Having abandoned poetry in her early 20s, she took up reading and writing again about ten years ago. Her work has been published in magazines and anthologies, including the Emma Press’s Best Friends Forever. In 2015, she was one of the Poetry Trust’s Aldeburgh Eight.

A Woman in the Queue, by Jo Dixon

a womanIt is almost customary to ascribe the quality of confidence to a debut pamphlet, but confident is precisely what Jo Dixon’s A Woman in the Queue is; often breathtakingly so. From the early poems’ rites of passage, through the heart-rending impersonality of ‘NICU’ …to darkly elegaic closing sequence, Dixon’s formal control and quick eye for the telling detail never let up. She displays a marvelous for the woozy, understated ending that Knocks the reader off-kilter and demands rereading - Martin Malone, The Interpreter’s House

Jo Dixon grew up in Colchester. After studying at Lancaster University, She moved to Nottingham to begin her teaching career. She is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University.

Recently her poems have appeared in NewWalk, The Interpreter’s House and Furies: A Poetry Anthology of Women Warriors.

Admission for this event is free and refreshments will be available.

Please reserve your place by emailing

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 8th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ian Nairn, an illustrated talk by Gillian Darley

ian nairn“Ian Nairn taught a generation to look and another to write.”

In the 1950s and 60s Ian Nairn was Britain’s most important architectural critic and his ideas have informed modern writers such as Jonathan Meades and Owen Hatherley.

outrage inAn unlikely TV star, in a shabby raincoat and crumpled suit he drew a mass audience before dying at an early age.

Gillian Darley is a the co-author of a biography about the work of Ian Nairn and will be giving an illustrated talk at the Five Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham.

Gillian will also be writing/presenting a R4 Archive Hour on Subtopia, broadcast on Saturday May 7th.

Admission for this event is £3 and refreshments will be available.

Booking is recommended. To attend this event, please RSVP to

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 20th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Refugee Week - Women's Cultural Exchange
Amy Manktelow, from Nottingham Trent University presents:WCE Pic
The current political landscape and the refugee ‘crisis’: a commentary from the Left’. This will be co-presented with readings from the refugee group, Women’s Cultural Exchange. Followed by Q&A.
Thee will also be a buffet from WCE featuring international dishes
Tickets: £5.00. Please book in advance (to help with catering) to
All proceeds go to Women’s Cultural Exchange
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 23rd June
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
"True Moon Tales", with Iwan Kushka

True Moon Tales are Half Truth Tales – welcome to the land of myth and true stories of what never happened!

true moonIn a highly atmospheric blend of story and music, Iwan Kushka presents an evening of poetic flight into the collective intelligence of the old tales. Expect journeys into the Underworld, shamanic dismemberment, blood and love, death and rebirth, dark and light…

Iwan Kushka left his native Belgium 10 years ago for the People’s Free Republic of Totnes, Devon. He is a storyteller and musician with a keen sense for the dreamlike character of story-language. He brings with him the haunting sounds of the Iranian frame Drum, the Zimbabwean mbira thumb-piano and the Armenian Duduk. He performs at festivals and clubs nationally and internationally.

In association with Tales From Two Cities

Tickets for this event are £7 adults/ £5 Students.

Available from Sophie Snell on Tel. 01332 840007 or email

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham

Tuesday, 28th June
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Education in Britain: how did it come to be like this? by Professor Ken Jones

education in BritainDiscussing the new edition of his book Education in Britain: 1944 to the Present, Ken Jones reflects on the history of education over the last seventy years – a history that is shaped by political programmes and systems of regulation, but also by the ambitions and inventiveness of those who have worked and studied in schools and universities.

He weighs up the achievements and the costs of educational reform, and asks whether the rich history of educational practice still provides resources to think about alternatives in the present day.

ken-jones120x142Ken Jones is Senior Policy Officer at the National Union of Teachers, working on curriculum and assessment. He is also Emeritus Professor of Education at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a visiting professor at Nottingham. He has written about the teaching of English, and the politics of education in Britain and in other countries of Western Europe.  The second edition of his book, Education in Britain, was published earlier this year.

This event is free and refreshments will be available from 16:30

To register your attendance, please go the Eventbrite registration or reserve your place by emailing

Venue: Room A32, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham, Nottingham
Thursday, 30th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cities in the North - Book Launch

Cities of the North is the latest book from Jones the Planner (Adrian Jones and Chris Cities of the NorthMatthews) based on the Jones the Planner blog. The book is illustrated in colour throughout by Chris the Photographer while Adrian the Writer provides the text. Open to all.

Admission for this event is Free and refreshments will be available.

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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 20th July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cuban and Latin American Poetry with Smokestack books

Five Leaves bookshop in association with Smokestack books are hosting an evening of Latin American and Cuban poetry, in celebration of the publication of two new anthologies.

Smokestack_Books_-_Looking_for_TroubleLooking for Trouble’ by Roque Dalton

Roque Dalton (1935–1975) is one of the best-known and best-loved poets of twentieth-century Latin America. An extraordinary poet of rebellion and humour, fierce militancy and painful tenderness, his work is still read alongside other guerrilla poets like Otto René Castillo, Javier Heraud, Ernesto Cardenal and Daisy Zamora.

Although his poetry has been widely published in Cuba, Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Czechoslovakia and the US.

Translated by John Green, ‘Looking for Trouble’ is the first time his work has been published in the UK.

Smokestack_Books_-_Nothing_Out_of_this_WorldNothing Out of This World: Cuban Poetry, 1952–2000

‘Nothing Out of This World’ is an introduction in Spanish and English to the work of thirty-six poets from Cuba writing in the second half of the twentieth-century, including Heberto Padilla, Nancy Morejón, and Víctor Rodríguez Núñez. The oldest poet here, Fina García-Marruz, was born in 1923; the youngest, Damaris Calderón, in 1967. It’s an extraordinary and heady mix, combining African and Spanish influences, realism and surrealism, colloquialism and baroque, experiment and commitment, a lucid and moving introduction to a collective poetic subject that defies all kinds of social oppression.

Admission for this event is £3 and refreshments will be available.

Booking is recommended. To attend this event, please RSVP to

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham